Disabled Young People Struggle To Navigate SRH Social Spaces During Lockdown

YOUNG people with disabilities are finding it difficult to access sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) services during the prevailing lockdown period due to a myriad of factors, chief among them being failure to participate in social spaces where SRHR information is provided. By Michael Gwarisa Speaking during a virtual meeting on ending teenage pregnancies which was hosted by Plan International Zimbabwe under the theme “Unraveling the thread of teenage pregnancies during COVID 19,” Social Worker with JF Kapnek, Adam Mukushi said the COVID-19 had presented numerous challenges for…

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#BREAKING: Zim Lockdown Restrictions Relaxed, Curfew Now Starts At 8 PM

GOVERNMENT has revised the COVID-19 curfew as it moves to relax lockdown restrictions at the back of improved recoveries countrywide. By Michael Gwarisa Briefing Journalists during post cabinet media briefing, Information publicity and broadcasting services minister, Honorable Monica Mutsvangwa said government had also moved to allow families to manage cases from home. In view of the surge in positive local cases, Cabinet approved Guidelines to help families manage COVID-19 cases at home. Furthermore, in order to curtail the spike in infections Zimbabwe requires a more robust testing regime. “Having noted…

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#JUSTIN: Don’t Use Lockdwon To Clampdown On Human Rights, United Nations Warns Zim Government

THE United Human Rights , Office of the High Commissioner (UNOCHR) has warned the government of Zimbabwe against clamping down on human rights under guise of lockdown restrictions. HealthTimes In a statement, the United Nations Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,  Liz Throssell  said they were concerned at allegations in Zimbabwe, which suggest that the authorities may be using the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext to clamp down on freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly and association. Among the latest incidents, investigative journalist Hopewell Chin’ono…

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#JustIn: President Mnangagwa Announces New Strict Lockdown Regulations: Here Are The Takehome Messages

Major points from President Cde Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa lockdown measures 1. Non working people to stay at home 2. WEF tomorrow, business closes at 3pm 3. Security services to enforce dusk to dawn curfew 6am to 6pm 4. SME to operate 5. Food markets to remain open and maintain safe measures 6. Intercity transport remain banned 7. Public gatherings remain banned 8.Funeral gatherings remain curtailed 9. Anyone who infects others will be punished 10. President Emmerson Dambudzo Mnangagwa to announce the easing of the said measures Ministry of Information, Publicity…

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Almost 10 million children may never return to school following Covid-19 lockdown- Save The Children Warns

DEEP budget cuts to education and rising poverty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could force at least 9.7 million children out of school forever by the end of this year, with millions more falling behind in learning, Save the Children warns in a new report launched today. Girls are likely to be much worse affected than boys, with many forced into early marriage. As the impacts of the recession triggered by COVID-19 hits families, many children may be forced out of school and into labour markets. In its report, Save…

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#JUSTIN: Mnangagwa Hints On Lockdown Review

PRESIDENT Emerson says there is need for a review of lockdown measures in a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19. By Michael Gwarisa The announcement comes after the country has recorded its darkest week since the COVID-19 was reported in the country. Speaking during a Politburo Meeting, President Mnangagwa said, “The recent rapid spike of infections requires that we make another review of the COVID-19 Lockdown measures.”    

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Being A Sex Worker Under Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 Induced Lockdwon

ACCORDING to Zimbabwe’s law, Prostitution is not a crime. However, loitering for the purposes of soliciting for sex is regarded a criminal offense. What is also criminalised is the act of offering one’s services in a public place. By Michael Gwarisa In as much as the law provides some form of relief to sex workers, it however makes it difficult for them to operate since majority of their clients frequent public spots such as roads, intersections, clubs etc and for them to get business, they need to be available physically…

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Delayed Justice For GBV Victims As Courts Lockdown

DOROTHY (not real name) is married and has a two-year-old child and lives in Epworth. Over the past few days, they have been having fights regarding her new pregnancy which her husband believes its not his and she should have it terminated. By Michael Gwarisa On one occasion, her husband hit her so hard with a log and threatened her with worse torture should she report the case to the police. She had to sleep in the fields just to escape from her brutal husband who has of late become…

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Celebrating Tendayi Westerhof @54, A Beacon Of HIV Activism In Zimbabwe

TODAY, June 22,  2020 marks exactly 54 years since Tendayi Westerhof, a woman who has grown to be a force to reckon in the fight for  the rights of persons living with HIV in Zimbabwe was born in the rural villages of the midlands province. Despite having ascended to fame as a model back in the 90s, Tendayi’s humble rural background has made her tough and unwavering in the things she holds dearly at heart. At one point in 1979 towards the end of the liberation struggle, Tendayi together with…

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#COVID-19: CSOs Caution Gvt To Consider Economic Impact Of Indefinite Lockdown

HEALTH Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have welcomed government’s move to extend the lockdown but warned against instituting measures that could negatively affect the vulnerable and the country’s highly informalised economy. By Michael Gwarisa In an interview with HalthTimes, Community Working Group on Health (CWGH) executive director, Mr Itai Rusike said the lockdown extension was a welcome move given the spike in new Covid-19 cases and there was no room for wishful thinking when dealing with a global health pandemic. We need to remain vigilant and fully prepared to deal with…

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